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Rally Argentina - Post-event press conference

To be honest, it was really hard to come back to this rally after two years because I broke my shoulder last year and you could feel it. Now I have more confidence, the car seems to be performing well. We still have work to do, we still have some issues like Seb [Ogier ] had the handbrake, I have the handbrake, we need to have this sorted out but the next gravel events are really nice and I'm looking forward to them.

Q:
Miikka, what was the atmosphere in the car today? Was he fully focused today?

Miikka Anttila:
Yes. Today it was sort of easy because there was a big purpose for Evgeny [Novikov] because the only target was that and at the start there were more than eight seconds with the four stages. And actually when we started the first day it was quite safe driving and then we got the first split and then we were behind. It was much better that stage and all of the rest of the stages. Today it wasn't so easy because we weren't here last year and this stage was not in the best memories.

Q:
Did you feel it from a co-driver perspective?

Miikka Anttila:
Yes definitely I did. I would say yesterday when we made the tyre choice before going on to the stages, the second time too, I wasn't confident that the soft tyre was the correct tyre but obviously everyone else knew it from last year. But when we go out to the stages the soft tyres will last because, even if the stages are long, it's so sandy and it's humid anyway.

Q:
Yves, it is a second win for Citroën this year, both have been with Sebastien Loeb. Are you feeling confident that Mikko [Hirvonen] and Dani [Sordo] can produce wins this year?

Yves Matton:
Yes. They showed that there is pace in Portugal and Mikko here but they need some more consistency to win a rally and I'm confident that they will feel better with the car. It seems that the work we did after Mexico brings a lot of effects on the car.

Q:
Looking at the Manufacturer's Championship, Volkswagen continues to lead but Citroen is not far behind. Is it going to be a real challenge between the two teams this year?

Yves Matton:
Yes, we are very close and confident that we can come back. This weekend we were really good but I hope we can come more rally after rally.

Q:
Sebastien mentioned the word 'maybe' before, have you persuaded him to come back for another gravel rally this year?

Yves Matton:
No, but I hope it would be like a new challenge for me!



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Jari-Matti Latvala (FIN) Miikka Anttila (FIN), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
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Sebastien Ogier (F) Julien Ingrassia (F), Volkswagen Polo WRC, Volkswagen Motorsport
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Podium, Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Sebastien Loeb (FRA) Daniel Elena (MON), Citroën DS3 WRC, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team

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